If We Controlled Your Remote… 5/30/17

Have you ever been at a loss as to what to watch? Too many shows to pick from? We’re here to give you our opinions on what we feel is worth watching. Check it out and then let us know in the comments below what you’re choosing for tonight!

Jenny’s Choice

I know… What we don’t need is another reality competition show – especially singing or dancing. But World of Dance is a little bit different in how the competition works, and the first episode – which I’ve seen – at least, is a lot of fun. There are three divisions to the competition: Junior (any size act, 17 years old & under), Upper (groups of 1-4, 18 years old & over), & Team (groups of 5+ dancers, all 18 years old & over). There’s no limit to the kind of dancing, from hip-hop, ballet, ballroom, stomping, & more. The judges use a point system created by the dance brand World of Dance (which is in partnership with the show and obviously where the name for the show itself came from), in which they score performance, technique, choreography, creativity, and presentation. In the first four rounds, dancers compete within their division, but in the fifth and final, the World Final round, the winner from each division will compete against each other for the grand prize of $1 million and the title “Best in the World.”

So the competition itself is a little bit different and going to be very fun. Jennifer Lopez, NE-YO, and Derek Hough (mega-winner pro dancer from Dancing with the Stars) will be at the judges’ table, with Jenna Dewan Tatum set as host/mentor. I actually really enjoyed all three in the premiere. They all have good, constructive criticism and seem to know what they’re talking about, which doesn’t always happen on some competition shows. All in all, I have hopes that the judges, along with how they score the dancers and how the dancers are split into divisions will make this an enjoyable series.

On tonight’s episode, “The Qualifiers 1,” elite dance acts from all ages and dance genres enter the arena to showcase their artistry, precision, and athleticism to move forward in the competition.

Check out the start of this new competition series tonight on NBC at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing America’s Got Talent, Chopped Junior, Prison Break, & Chopped.
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Kyle’s Choice

Tonight, the second season of Animal Kingdom premieres on TNT. The series follows the lives and exploits of the Cody family. Matriarch “Smurf” is very tough, always in charge, and is constantly plotting some new heist or illegal activity for her four adult sons to pull off. In the first season, teenager “J” moved in with his grandmother after his mother, Smurf’s estranged daughter, ODed. Smurf is very manipulative and likes to keep her boys close. So when she saw son Baz’s wife Catherine starting to cause a divide between her and her son, she convinced her eldest, “Pope,” to murder Catherine, claiming that she had stolen money from the family and was working with the Feds. This left Baz frantically searching for his wife and Pope with an immense guilt hanging over him every time he sees Baz’s daughter, Lena. Meanwhile, the Feds tried to use J to infiltrate the family and catch them in the act, but he ultimately opted to join the family business instead.

I really enjoyed the first season of this show – it was filled with complex, interesting characters and lots of action, suspense, and drama. There was also some superb acting – Ellen Barkin is amazing as Smurf. You not only get the sense that she is one tough lady that you don’t want to mess with, but you can also see the love and vulnerability for her family that she hides underneath. As the second season opens, there is still the big question of will Baz find out that his wife is dead and that Pope and Smurf were behind it? And if so, how will he respond? What kinds of illegal money-making opportunities will the family attempt next? And what will the cops’ next move be to try to take down this crime family?

I checked out tonight’s premiere, and I’m pleased to say that they waste no time getting right into the action with another tense heist that, of course, doesn’t go quite as smoothly as planned. They also introduce a couple new sources of drama that cause some fractures in the family and could really shake up the family dynamic. I’m looking forward to seeing how all of this plays out over the course of the second season.

On tonight’s premiere, “Eat What You Kill,” a risky heist misfires and the boys blame Smurf, sending shock waves through the family. Also: Baz deals with being a single parent; and Deran plans for the future.

Catch up with the Cody family tonight on TNT at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/recording F is for Family, Imaginary Mary, Prison Break, iZombie, and The Americans.

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